Friday, December 16, 2011

Dowsing Rods and Genealogy

(NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Links are provided to allow access to the complete article.)

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at (Published 11 December 2011)

Historians use Dowsing Rods in Hunt for
Rutherford, Tennessee Cemeteries

John Lodl often heard Rutherford County’s old-timers talk of the divining rods, swearing by their eerie movements as proof positive of bodies buried below. No headstone, no matter, they said. In the hands of the right person, the wavering of the rods could say more about a cemetery than the aged records that Lodl oversees in the local archives.

One day last winter, Lodl went from skeptical to startled. In a secluded cemetery in Eagleville, he watched a woman balance a pair of plain old coat hangers on her fingers and walk the field. “Sure enough, when you cross over a grave, those things cross,” Lodl said. “I can’t explain it. But it works.”

Richard Eastman: “I have had my doubts also and have written about dowsing for graves before at You can read more about John Lodl's eyewitness experiences in The Tennessean at”

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